Entergy Texas, Inc. Advocates for Energy Assistance for Low-Income Customers
BEAUMONT, February 18, 2016 - During LIHEAP Action Day March 2, Entergy Texas representatives and community partners will make the case for increased funding of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The funding goal is at least $4.7 billion for 2017.
Last year, Texas residents received $114.3 million from the program. Within Entergy Texas’s service territory, more than 34,889 families were assisted.
Face-to-face meetings with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill will address the need for better funding for hot-weather states through the federal program. Advocates will also highlight the current method of distributing available funds, which leaves many families in the hottest, poorest states struggling to meet basic needs such as heating and cooling costs.
Funding of LIHEAP has dropped by a third from $5.1 billion in 2009 to $3.4 billion today. This reduction limits the level of assistance available for the more than 3.8 million qualifying households in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – the four states in which Entergy’s utility customers reside.
Restoring funding could result in an estimated $450 million in assistance, capable of helping thousands of qualifying households in Entergy’s utility service area of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In 2015, these states received an estimated $210 million from LIHEAP.